Monday, January 23, 2012

Food Memories of Atlanta: Corner Cafe

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Eggs Benedict at Corner Cafe in Atlanta, GA - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Eggs Benedict at Corner Cafe in Atlanta, GA

Let me guess.

One look at this picture of the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Eggs Benedict had you salivating. Some of you may have even been drooling a bit.

I'll let you savor the moment before I jump into my final restaurant review from my trip to Atlanta last July.



Interior of Corner Cafe in Atlanta, GA - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Interior of Corner Cafe in Atlanta, GA

With plenty of time to kill before my flight home, I decided to have brunch at a restaurant that wasn't too far from my hotel and on the way to the airport. When I arrived, the place was packed with people grabbing coffee and pastry from the Buckhead Bread Company, the on-site bakery at the front of the restaurant, and with people waiting to be seated. I mentally patted myself on the back for making a priority seating reservation on OpenTable before checking out of my hotel. In less than five minutes, the hostess was leading me to my table.

Cup of Coffee at Corner Cafe in Atlanta, GA - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Cup of Coffee at Corner Cafe in Atlanta, GA

As I reviewed the selections on the brunch menu, I admired the flood of natural light streaming in through the windows and the cheerfulness of the warm color palette of the restaurant's decor. Despite the open layout and the number of patrons, the noise level was moderate. A comfortable hum around me that was neither grating nor distracting.

Muffin Plate at Corner Cafe in Atlanta, GA - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Muffin Plate at Corner Cafe in Atlanta, GA

It took me a while to decide what to eat. Naturally.

I sipped my coffee and nibbled on some mini muffins (complimentary) as I debated between the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Eggs Benedict and the Grilled Skirt Steak and Eggs Benedict. Common sense screamed at me, pleaded with me to choose something lighter with less potential for disaster. I mean, was any version of Eggs Benedict a good choice before boarding a plane?

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Eggs Benedict at Corner Cafe in Atlanta, GA - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Eggs Benedict at Corner Cafe in Atlanta, GA

After consulting with my server, I ignored common sense and ordered the version paired with the crab cakes, served atop brioche and covered with a citrus Hollandaise sauce. I was curious about the fried green tomatoes that accompanied the grilled skirt steak version, but I didn't think my system could handle the steak and the fried green tomatoes and the Bearnaise sauce.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Eggs Benedict at Corner Cafe in Atlanta, GA - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Eggs Benedict at Corner Cafe in Atlanta, GA

One bite of the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, and I completely forgot about existence of another option.

Just look at it. Isn't it beautiful?

I didn't think it was possible to lighten a Hollandaise sauce, but that's exactly what the addition of citrus did. The poached eggs weren't lost underneath pools of the sauce either. A modest spoonful of Hollandaise was all that was necessary per brioche-crab-cake-poached-egg package, and that's all that was provided.

And the crab cake did not disappoint, full of lump crab meat with very little filler. Flavorful. Moist. Amazing. By the end of my meal, my concern about the heaviness and richness of the dish was a distant memory.

If you find yourself in Atlanta, then make some time for brunch at Corner Cafe. Tell common sense to shut up and order the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Eggs Benedict. You won't regret it.

3070 Piedmont Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 240-1978 | Online Reservations | Map

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